Karin Roffman, author o f The Songs We Know Best: John Ashbery's Early Life, a book I warmly recommend, was asked to name the "ten best Ashbery poems," and she has made such a list, making it clear that she crafted it for its pedagogic value mainly: these are the ten poems that she believes would best suit a newcomer to his work.
There are only two problems in life. Isn’t that nice to know? You only have two things you ever need to be concerned about. Not only are there only two problems–they are really quite simple. Ready? Problem #1: You know what you want, and you don’t know how to get it.
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Ancillary Justice was published with little fanfare in 2013. Its author, Ann Leckie, had never published a novel before and was a relative unknown outside the world of science fiction book fandom.
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On a gray January afternoon in Houston, Walt Cunningham leaned into his Eames Lounge Chair and clasped his hands behind his head, the better to try and bend his thoughts back across five decades.
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